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Review of ‘If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place’

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Ella Boudreaux is great at nagging, but she doesn’t consider that a negative trait. She considers herself, in fact, the best at what she does. After all, what would her husband, Charlie, do or be if she didn’t nag him like she does. Of course, one has to ask, what it has gotten her?

If You’d Listened to Me in the First Place by Barbara Venkataraman is a hilarious short piece told from Ella’s point of view about how she met her husband. Has Ella’s nagging helped her to achieve her life’s goals? I’m not telling. You’ll have to read this short piece to find out for yourself.

My main complaint is that it ended far too quickly. I was just getting interested in Ella and her quirks when it ended.

I got this story free in exchange for an unbiased review. I have to say, it’s not too bad at all.

I give it three stars.

Review of ‘Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection Box Set Books 1 – 3’

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Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection Box Set, Books 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman contains the first three books in the Jamie Quinn mystery series.

In Death by Didgeridoo, Jamie, a lawyer who specializes in family practice, is asked to defend her cousin, Adam, who is wrongfully accused of murder. Inexperienced in criminal law, she also has the challenge that the murder weapon, an esoteric musical instrument, belonged to Adam.  in the Case of the Killer Divorce, a bitter divorce becomes a murder case, and her client is the prime suspect. In the final story, Peril in the Park, Jamie’s boyfriend, Kip Simons, director of Broward County Parks, has problems. A vandal is taunting him by desecrating the parks, and he faces political pressure from the political power structure. Jamie comes to his rescue.

Three tales filled with mystery, humor, and pathos, with a main character you can’t help but love. The author brings the setting to lush life and runs the characters through their paces in quick time. If you like a little mirth with your mystery, you’ll really like these stories.

I give this set a combined four stars.